When it comes to giving gifts this holiday season, there's a lot that you can choose from. Even if you are looking to stick to a budget. For under $250, there are a ton of options, including some gaming consoles, smartphones and even a TV. $250 can really buy a lot this holiday season, but which items are really worth buying? Well that is why we rounded up the best gifts under $250 here, this list is going to cover everything from gaming consoles, to streaming set-top boxes, to smartphones, to TVs, to headphones and everything in between.
Prices below are subject to change. This post will be updated regularly to ensure the most up-to-date pricing, but during the holidays, there will be flash sales and price drops so keep that in mind.
Best Streaming Set-Top Box - stream Netflix all you want
The NVIDIA SHIELD TV is a really great streaming set-top box, and it actually is running on Android TV. So you're going to be able to run all of your favorite apps and games here. That includes Netflix, Hulu, Google Play Movies & TV, YouTube, Sling TV and much more. But the NVIDIA SHIELD TV is also a gaming console, so you can play some of your favorite Android titles like Asphalt 9: Legends on the SHIELD TV. GeFORCE NOW is also available, so you can stream all of your favorite games over the internet and onto the big screen.
Best Roku TV Under $250 - stream Roku for less
While many TVs are near the $500 price point now, there is still a few good options for under $250. TCL has a 32-inch 1080p TV here that runs on Roku's platform that is under $250. It's not the highest-end TV out there, but it will work well as a secondary TV in your home, for sure. It does also sport three HDMI ports, an RF port, composite, USB and ethernet port. With Roku being built-in, you're going to be able to watch all of your favorite movies and TV shows, since Roku does have a lot of the big names here. Like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and much more.
Best Android Smartphone Under $250 - big screen, decent camera and all-day battery
The Moto G6 is a really great value and a great purchase for anyone on your list that is in need of a new smartphone. The Moto G6 sports a 5.7-inch full HD+ display, it has a Snapdragon 450 chipset, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It's not going to blow your socks off, performance-wise, but it is going to get the job done, and for under $250, it's hard to pass up this smartphone this holiday season. The Moto G6 is also unlocked, and will work on all four US carriers. That includes AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
Best Handheld Mobile Gimbal Under $250 - shoot some incredible video with your smartphone
The DJI osmo mobile 2 is a really incredible gimbal from DJI. It's a handheld gimbal for your smartphone, which is going to allow you to get even smoother video from your smartphone. It can also serve as a tripod, instead of bringing your big tripod that you would normally use with your DSLR. If you are a content creator, then the DJI osmo mobile 2 is a great option this holiday season.
Best Smartwatch/Fitness Tracker Hybrid Under $250 - track your steps and get notifications on your wrist
Fitbit's Versa is a great smartwatch to pick up, especially if you are more into fitness tracking than the smartwatch features. The Fitbit Versa is a smaller smartwatch, and it can still last around five to seven days, depending on how you use it. The Versa will track all of your fitness, including tracking your steps, calories burned, workouts complete, and even your sleep. It is also waterproof now, so it can also track swimming for you. Versa will also deliver notifications (for some apps, mostly messaging apps) to your wrist, so you can keep up with what's going on, without checking your phone.
Best Wear OS-based Smartwatch Under $250 - style meets smarts
The Ticwatch E is a really good smartwatch to pick up, and it's well below the $250 price point here, at $129 normally. The Ticwatch E is a small smartwatch from Mobvoi, and it also runs on Wear OS. So you're going to get all of your favorite Android apps here like Twitter, Uber, Google Fit and so much more. It will work with both Android and iOS as well.
Best Electric Shaver Under $250 - keep your face groomed all year long
Philips is well-known for its great electric shavers, and the Norelco 8900 is definitely a good pick up this holiday season. It is a wet/dry shaver, meaning that you can use to shave in the morning before your shower, or after, and even use it with shaving cream to get that really clean look. This system will cut hair about 30-percent shorter than the others on the market. It also has DualPrecision spinning heads that will get very close to your skin and cut the hair to give you a fresh cut. Philips also offers a few add-ons here, so you can get the ear out of your nose and ears as well.
Best Smart Speaker Under $250 - great sound, with Alexa
The Sonos One is likely one of the best smart speakers in any price range, and it is just $199. The Sonos One boasts some incredible sounding audio, and it also has Amazon Alexa inside. It is a pretty dense speaker from Sonos, and that is because it is jampacked with woofers, tweeters and more. There's no battery in here, since it is not a portable speaker. You're going to get some great sounding audio from this, including some deep bass. Part of this is due to the fact that Sonos uses WiFi for streaming over Bluetooth, which has more bandwidth for better audio. With Alexa, you can ask your Sonos One to start playing some music, ask her for the weather and much more.
Best Portable Speaker Under $250 - bring your tunes anywhere
Ultimate Ears just recently announced the MEGABOOM 3 which is its newest portable speaker. It is under $200 actually, and sounds like it should be much more than that. This is a 360-degree speaker that offers some insane sound quality. It has some really deep bass, and it is also drop and waterproof. That makes this a really great portable speaker to take with you to the beach or the pool. Ultimate Ears says that the battery here will last around 20 hours, which is pretty insane, but it will last all day long, which is good to see.
Best Soundbar (with wireless subwoofer) Under $250 - put those TV speakers to shame
Many people think they don't need a soundbar for their TV or entertainment system. That is until they get one and use it with their TV. It really does change the whole experience. And LG has a really great soundbar here, that is under $250. It's the SK5Y 2.1 Channel Soundbar that comes with a wireless subwoofer, and it is capable of outputting high-resolution audio. So not just better audio for your TV but also better audio for streaming music. It can do up to 24-bit audio. This soundbar has 360W of power, which is going to really annoy your neighbors. There is also DTS Virtual:X which really transforms how your sound is going to sound out of this soundbar. There's no Dolby Atmos here unfortunately, that is available in more expensive sound bars.
Best Headphones Under $250 - take your tunes on the go with Bluetooth
The Sony WH-CH700N are some of the best headphones under $200, never mind $250. These feature Bluetooth for pairing with your smartphone and streaming wirelessly - especially good these days with many smartphones dropping the headphone jack. It also sports NFC for easy pairing. Sony has included active noise cancellation here, so you can really tune out everything around you and only listen to your music, no matter where you are.
Best Truly Wireless Earbuds Under $250 - never worry about cables again
Jabra has the Elite Active 65t which are a really great pair of truly wireless earbuds. Not only do these sport some great sounding audio, but battery life is pretty impressive as well. Lasting around five hours of continuous playback and about 15 hours with the charging case that is included here. Of course, the bigger feature here is definitely Amazon Alexa being included here. So you can call up Alexa to do things like turn off your lights at home, or switch tracks and much more.
Best Wireless Earbuds Under $250 - incredible sound with great battery life
Jaybird is pretty well known for its great sounding earbuds that also stay in your ears quite well. And now they are back with the X4. The new X4's still do pretty well at staying in your ears, so you won't need to worry about them falling out while you are running and such. But on top of that, they also offer some great audio, and there is an equalizer that can be adjusted through the Jaybird app. Finally, the X4's will last around eight hours of continuous playback, which is pretty impressive for this size.